Review: The Gauntlet – Karuna Riazi

During her 12th birthday party, Farah finds a game she presumes is her birthday gift. When she starts playing it with her friends, it sucks her younger brother Ahmed into it, forcing Farah and her friends into the Gaunlet to play the challenges set up by the Architect.


Why this book?: Okay, one, hijaabi main character on the cover. Two, the author is amazing. Three, the story sounds amazing. Doesn’t it sound like Jumanji??

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Short Story Review: Geometries of Belonging – Rose Lemberg

Image result for beneath ceaseless skies #183A famous “mind-healer”, known as Parét, is asked to heal the grandchild of his lover’s enemy. When the patient refuses to be cured, Parét continues to speak to them in order to unravel the full story.


Why this story?: My friend Corey recommended it to me, along with the rest of Lemberg’s writings.

Note: Geometries of Belonging is a story within Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #183. This review is only for Lemberg’s piece.Read More »

Review: Want – Cindy Pon

As pollution in Taipei, Taiwan gets worse, Zhou and his friends decide that something must be done. The rich buy suits, to live longer lives, while the poor die from diseases on the street, or from the poison in the air. Zhou becomes one of the elite, infiltrating their ranks in hopes to stop the worsening situation.


Why this book?: Diverse dystopia set in Taiwan? Yes, please!!

I would like to thank the people at Simon Pulse for sending me an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: A Darker Shade of Magic (Shade of Magic #1)- V.E. Schwab

Kell is an Antari, a magician that can travel between parallel worlds. Kell also has a smuggling problem, despite the fact that carrying objects from one world to another is considered illegal. When in White London on an official trip, Kell is approached by a frantic woman, and is handed an object that he soon realizes he cannot give up, lest it fell into the wrong hands.


Why this book?: I’ve already had the joy of reading A Darker Shade of Magic once, but when the third, and final, book, A Conjuring of Light, was released, I decided I needed the full affect, and reread the first two before finishing the series.

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Review: Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) – James S.A. Corey

In the future, there is Earth, Mars, and the Belt. While responding to a distress call, the ice hauler that Jim Holden worked on was blown up by a stealth ship of unknown origins. On Ceres Station in the Belt, Detective Miller is given a kidnap job that leads him on a galaxy wide chase to find the truth.


Why this book?: The Expanse is one of my favorite series ever. Babylon’s Ashes, the 6th, just came out. Rereading for fun!

 

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Review: The Seafarer’s Kiss – Julia Ember

After saving Ragna, a shield maiden and demigod, from dying on an ice shelf, Ersel believes that maybe she could escape her doomed fate after all. But when her former friend Havamal catches them together, Ersel cuts a deal with the Loki, the God of Lies, in hopes of escaping back to her forbidden love.


Why this book?: Norse, Bisexual F/F retelling of the Little Mermaid, written by one of my favorite people?? HOW COULD I SAY NO???

I would like to thank Loki for using their magic to grant me this ARC.

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